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Clinical Services highlights

At our three service delivery sites, we provide routine screening for pregnant women and girls for depression and anxiety at the first antenatal visit. If they show signs or are at risk of depression or anxiety, free on-site psychosocial counselling, follow-up and case management is provided by our trained counsellors for up to one year post delivery. 

This year we screened a total of 3612 women, provided individual counselling to more than 700 new clients with an average 3 sessions per client (as of November 2016).
Find previous service outcomes data on our website here

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Women's mental health at WPA

At the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) International Congress themed "Psychiatry: integrative care for the community" and hosted for the first time in South Africa, the PMHP had the privilege to present two of our papers. 

During the Women's Mental Health session, Simone presented our findings on Suicide risk among pregnant women In a low-income, urban setting in South Africa,
while Thandi presented her paper on Prevalence and predictors of perinatal anxiety disorders amongst low income women in a resource poor setting


 

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First 1000 days & maternal MH

The first 1000 days of a child’s life have been identified as a period of substantial vulnerability, which also carries the potential for lifelong health, prevention of disease and intellectual development. Maternal mental health (maternal MH) is a vital component for the developing fetus and the raising of healthy children who are able to contribute meaningfully to society.
Our recently published article in the South African Medical Journal explores risk factors for common mental illnesses and treatment options available in under-resourced settings.

The SAMJ journal is rated 9th among all journals on the African continent. 

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Secret History training module goes to Kenya

"The PMHP Secret History exercise was a big success in our training for Respectful Maternity Care in Kenya...
I especially like that the whole group participates collectively, and the concept of the baggage that we all carry with us and that shapes our interactions (whether we are health professionals or patients) – the participants really ‘got it’."
Michelle Kermode, Associate Professor, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health

Learn more about our Secret History method on our Courses and Modules pages
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